Bromsgrove rise to the top after eding thriller

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BROMSGROVE saw off title rivals Ludlow 4-3 to record an eighth straight win abd move to the top of the West Midlands League Division Two on Saturday.

The Boars are ahead of Ludlow and Pershore but it’s tight at the top as the leading sides are separated by just three points.

It was Ludlow who started the game showing the form that had them in pole position in the league and capitalised on the early pressure after just five minutes, when a penalty corner was slammed into the bottom corner past the outstretched foot of Bromsgrove keeper Chris Uren.

Uren was beaten again three minutes later, wwhen Ludlow added a second following a slick attack.

The away side continued their relentless onslaught and the game only remained at 2-0 due to several solid tackles from Bromsgrove centre backs Stu White and Nigel Johns.

Bromsgrove suffered a setback when defensive midfielder Laurence Shah injured his knee and had be replaced by Andy Masters while he received treatment.

But the host rallied and Bevan Edwards drilled home after good work by George Adams.

Influential playmaker Bruce Turner picked up the ball on the right wing and sent a pinpoint cross to the back post for Tom Jennings to tap in as Bromsgrove made it 2-2.

In the second half, Jennings fired his side ahead for the first time, slotting home a rebound after Edwards’ effort had forced a save.

Bromsgrove enjoyed a slice of luck when Uren avoided being sent off after a push, but Ludlow converted the resulting penalty to level the scores.

Ludlow pushed for the winner but the impressive Turner started the move which resulted in the home winner, which Karl Troth stroked into the back of the net.

There were nerves at the end after Rammy Arafa was sent off for a push but Bromsgrove held on for a fine win.

“We fought hard and to win from 2-0 down shows real character,” commented Arafa.

“Bruce Turner led by example and fully deserves his man of the match award.”

They now face Pershore on Saturday, January 26 (11.30pm start) at Bromsgrove School.

Meanwhile in Division One, Droitwich lost 4-2 to Whitchurch despite goals for Liam Hine and Lee Wakelam.

The second went down 5-1 to Streetly, with Barry Williams on target.

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